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Ruth Rogers

Michael Berkeley's guest is cook and food writer Ruth Rogers. Her musical choices include an excerpt from Mozart's Don Giovanni, a contemporary opera and a Bob Dylan song.

Ruth Rogers has become one of our most celebrated cooks and best-selling food writers since she and her friend the late Rose Gray opened a modest cafe in West London more than twenty five years ago. Their modest ambition was to make the River Cafe the best Italian restaurant in the world. Since then Ruth Rogers has been instrumental in changing the way we think about Italian food in Britain.

Ruth reveals how her musical passions bring together her love of Italy, food, family, and the human voice. Her choices of music include the joyous ode to wine from Don Giovanni; a contemporary opera chosen for her husband, the architect Richard Rogers; a moving piano tribute to her late son; and a Bob Dylan song which recalls the time, growing up in Woodstock, when she turned down his invitation to watch him rehearse.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 2 Feb 2014 12:00

Music Played

  • Bob Dylan

    Girl From The North Country (feat. Johnny Cash)

  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Quintet in A, D 667 (Trout)(3rd mvt - Scherzo)

    Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels. Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet.
  • Woody Guthrie

    This Land is Your Land

    Singer: Bruce Springsteen. Music Group: E Street Band.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 7 in A, Op.92 (4th mvt - Allegro con brio)

    Orchestra: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
  • Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    Agnes and the Boy (Written on Skin)

    Conductor: George Benjamin. Singer: Barbara Hannigan. Singer: Bejun Mehta.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata in C, K.545 (2nd mvt - Andante)

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
  • Trad.

    Hush Little Baby

    Singer: Bobby McFerrin. Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Laudate Dominum (Solemn Vespers, K.339)

    Orchestra: St. Cecilia. Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung. Singer: Cecilia Bartoli.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Finch'han dal vino (Don Giovanni)

    Orchestra: RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Berlin. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Finch'han dal vino (Don Giovanni)

    Orchestra: RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Berlin. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
  • Bob Dylan

    Girl From The North Country (feat. Johnny Cash)

  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Quintet in A, D 667 (Trout)(3rd mvt - Scherzo)

    Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels. Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet.
  • Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    Agnes and the Boy (Written on Skin)

    Conductor: George Benjamin. Singer: Barbara Hannigan. Singer: Bejun Mehta.
  • Trad.

    Hush Little Baby

    Singer: Bobby McFerrin. Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Laudate Dominum (Solemn Vespers, K.339)

    Orchestra: St. Cecilia. Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung. Singer: Cecilia Bartoli.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata in C, K.545 (2nd mvt - Andante)

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 7 in A, Op.92 (4th mvt - Allegro con brio)

    Orchestra: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
  • Woody Guthrie

    This Land is Your Land

    Singer: Bruce Springsteen. Music Group: E Street Band.

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